Having been noticeably absent from the list of launch partners for Nokia’s new Lumia 800 Windows Phone handset, Telefonica-owned O2 is to begin selling the device in the UK from December 9, sources have told Recombu.
The appearance of Nokia’s first Windows Phone handset on the ‘Coming Soon’ page on O2′s website alerted customers to the possibility that the operator would begin offering the device, which currently has a ‘Coming Soon: December’ label:
After a quick chat with their source, the guys at Recombu reliably inform us that the device will be available in just over a week – a surprising reversal by Telefonica, who had previously stated that Nokia devices were “not yet at the right price point” and “too expensive”.
Before the handset had launched, Telefonica’s European general manager Simon Lee-Smith said that if the Finnish mobile giant wanted to sell its smartphone devices in volume then it would “need to bring out devices which are cost-competitive”. However, he did concede that the vendor was “beginning to listen”, which suggests the global operator was able to negotiate a deal that benefitted both companies.